Boos, J. E. (John E.)

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From the description of J.E. Boos collection of papers relating to Abraham Lincoln , 1912-1937. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983731

John E. Boos (1879-1974), a lifelong resident of Albany, New York was a freelance writer and historian as well an avid collector of historical documents and memorabilia. His chief areas of interest was the history of Albany and vicinity and the life and career of Abraham Lincoln.

From the description of The Flatts (scrapbook), ca. 1924. (New York State Library). WorldCat record id: 637028713

John E. Boos was born in Albany, New York, in 1879. He worked in Albany as a clerk and as a library assistant but is best remembered for his compilations of personal reminiscences about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Around 1910, he began soliciting firsthand recollections from those who had personally met or seen Lincoln, and by the 1940s he had amassed a large collection of written reflections and records from personal interviews and letters. After exhausting the resources of Lincoln's contemporaries, he shifted his collecting focus to memorabilia related to other United States presidents, a hobby he maintained until his death on January 12, 1974. Of the Boos material related to Lincoln, the Clements Library has approximately 145 items; other significant collections are at the Library of Congress and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

From the guide to the John E. Boos collection, Boos, John E. collection, 1863-2005, 1863-1940, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

John E. Boos of Albany, New York, collected documents and letters relating to personal experiences with Abraham Lincoln.

From the description of Ann Rutledge [scrapbook] 1928-1929 / [compiled by J.E. Boos.] (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 469812136

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. TMsS, [1911 December 8] : [The White House, Washington, D.C.]. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Boos, J. E. (John E.). Ann Rutledge [scrapbook] 1928-1929 / [compiled by J.E. Boos.] Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Harwell, J. D., b. ca. 1844. Letters, 1923. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn Brown, Lewis Kirk, 1843-1926. Lewis Kirk Brown papers, 1863-1916. Library of Congress
creatorOf Boos, J. E. (John E.). Letters, ca. 1913-1945. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Boos, J. E. (John E.). The Flatts (scrapbook), ca. 1924. New York State Library
creatorOf Boos, J. E. (John E.). Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [between 1957 and 1963]. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf John E. Boos collection 1863-2005 1863-1940 Boos, John E. collection William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Foster, Fannie, b. 1844. Papers, 1933. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Boos, J. E. (John E.). Quidor's town (Scrapbook), 1929. New York State Library
creatorOf Boos, J. E. (John E.),. J.E. Boos collection of papers relating to Abraham Lincoln , 1912-1937. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876 person
associatedWith Brannan, John Milton. person
correspondedWith Brown, Lewis Kirk, 1843-1926. person
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army. corporateBody
associatedWith Costello, Jerry, 1897-1971. person
associatedWith First Unitarian Church (Buffalo, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Forrest, N. B. person
associatedWith Foster, Fannie, b. 1844. person
associatedWith Granger, Gordon. person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S., 1852-1929 person
associatedWith Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901 person
associatedWith Harwell, J. D., b. ca. 1844. person
associatedWith Holsinger, Frank. person
associatedWith Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875. person
associatedWith Johnson, Bushrod Rust, 1817-1880 person
associatedWith Kilmer, H.A., 1861- person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Nancy Hanks, 1784-1818 person
associatedWith Lytle, William Haines, 1826-1863 person
associatedWith Minor, Wilma Frances. person
associatedWith Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920 person
associatedWith Orr, Joseph Kyle, 1857-1938. person
associatedWith Osborn, William H., 1843-. person
associatedWith Pearson, Sarah E. person
associatedWith Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819 person
associatedWith Reynolds, Cuyler, 1866-1934. person
associatedWith Ridgway, William Hance, 1856-1945. person
associatedWith Rosen, Hyman J., 1923-. person
associatedWith Rutledge, Ann, d. 1835. person
associatedWith Schuyler family family
associatedWith Schuyler, Peter, 1657-1724. person
associatedWith Scott, Dred, 1809-1858 person
associatedWith Sherwood, Rosina Emmet, 1854-1948. person
associatedWith Spreng, Samuel Peter, 1853-. person
associatedWith Stimmel, Smith. person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Thomas, George Henry, 1816-1870 person
associatedWith United States. Army of the Cumberland. corporateBody
associatedWith Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921. person
associatedWith White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith White, James W, 1843-. person
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Albany (N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Albany (N.Y.)
New York State Capitol (Albany, N.Y.)
Troy (N.Y.)
United States
Buffalo (N.Y.)
Lookout Mountain (Appalachian Mountains)
United States
Amsterdam (N.Y.)
Chattanooga (Tenn.)
Sierra Madre (Calif.)
United States
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
Lake Erie, Battle of, 1813
Plaster casts
Santa Claus
Tank destroyers
Tennessee River


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